IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: LIKE A GREEN OLIVE TREE PLANTED IN GOD’S HOUSE
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.” Psalm 52:8
These words were spoken by David, a man after God’s own heart! It is a reminder to praise the living God for what the Lord had done in our life; recognizing God’s never ending love, the source of our hope! I was intrigued by the beautiful statement of David comparing himself to an olive tree flourishing in the house of God.
Most important the roots of the Olive tree go deep down to about 20 feet and that’s the reason they are able to bear fruits for as long as 1000 years. Amen.
Olives are long-lived with a life expectancy of 1000 years. Boy! That’s superb! The fruits are used for many things including food. And if healthy, the olive tree will produce fruits for hundreds of years. Point to note. Many times there are small young shoots coming up from the roots of the olive tree. If allowed to grow, these shoots become new trees that also bear fruit. Olive oil has long been considered sacred and it was used to anoint kings and athletes in ancient Greece. It was burnt in the sacred lamps of temples. Proper pruning is important for the olive. Pruning both regulates production and shapes the tree for easier harvest. The leaves have medical uses and is used as cure for asthma, allergy and many other illness. The wood of the Olive tree is used for making furniture and other things. The Olive fruits are also used for Olive Oil.
Olive trees are also tenacious, easily sprouting back even when chopped to the ground! However, they do require strict climate conditions in order to grow. The conditions needed include a hot growing season, and yet the tree also needs a winter period of temperatures between 35 and 60 degrees fahrenheit. In addition to needing a winter with cool nights and warm days, the olive tree dies when exposed to temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a tree that can thrive in adverse conditions!
OUR present objective will be to bring out the resemblance in point of beauty between the godly man and the olive tree. But please note that the parallel does not hold good of all who profess and call themselves Christians–it is only true of those whose backsliding has been healed–to whom the Lord has been as a refreshing dew. It is the Believer in a healthy, growing and useful condition whose beauty is “as the olive tree.”
We are planted in God’s house in two respects. First, in regeneration, when we are born into the house; and secondly, at our profession of faith, which should be by baptism, when we are publicly brought into the house and planted in the likeness of Christ’s death by being buried, after his commandment, in the water.
We are really planted in the courts of the Lord’s house by the new birth. Then we become the children of God, for “as many as received him (that is to say, him who is the Divine Word, the true Light, the Saviour), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Every man, the world over, that has been born of the Holy Spirit, is really planted in the Lord’s house. But we become manifestly and visibly so on confessing to the world this inward and spiritual grace, for the Lord has thus put it, you know, “He that with his heart believeth, and with his mouth maketh confession, shall be saved,” so that when I come to join God’s people, and ask to be admitted to their fellowship, — when I come to the Lord’s table with them, and publicly own myself to be one of the Master’s servants — then I am in a public manner planted in the house of the Lord.
Well, this being the fact, let us follow the figure a little more closely.
The Believer in a healthy spiritual state, refreshed by the Holy Spirit as with the dew of Heaven, has a beauty like that of the olive tree in this respect, that IT IS A BEAUTY WHICH GROWS UPON YOU.
“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
Psalm 92: 13—15.
Now all this is also abundantly true of the lively Christian who is full of the Grace of God. He may not at first charm you. Your prejudices may lead you to avoid, if not to oppose him. He appears to be somewhat singular and, perhaps, rugged. He differs materially from the rest of mankind, for he does not run with the multitude–and you are apt to think that his singularity is an affectation. Possibly, at first, he is somewhat cold and distant in his manner towards you. That is the way of many Christians until they know those to whom they are speaking, for they do not wish to cast their pearls before swine. As you watch them, you will perhaps, at first sight, see more of their imperfections than of their virtues–it being a habit with them not to parade their own attainments either by wearing professional phylacteries or by sounding a trumpet before them. They often put their worst foot foremost out of the very desire not to be seen of men in any Pharisaic fashion. Persevere, however, in observing the spiritual man and you will surely see much that is beautiful about him. Look and look again and, perhaps in time you will come to admire as an excellence that which you now think to be a defect! Be not in a hurry–the best things are not usually glittering and superficial in their attractions. A Christian is assuredly the noblest work of God! In Heaven, itself, there stands nothing superior in the way of a creature to a man of God! And on earth there is nothing that can match him. Watch, therefore, the believer in Jesus, for his moral beauty will repay your study.
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of Your saints.”
Psalm 52: 8-9
How fitting that David spoke of flourishing in God’s house and trusting in God’s unending love, praising God for what He had done in his life; hoping in Him alone and prospering in the house of the Lord!
Oh, who would not be planted in the courts of such a God as this, to be kept even to old age, and to be blessed with such unspeakable blessings world without end? God grant you all to be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he might be glorified.
The Lord bless you, dear Friends, and give you faith in Jesus! And then, by His Spirit, impart to you all this beauty of which I have spoken–and a great deal more of which no tongue can adequately speak–even the beauty of holiness–and so your beauty shall be as the olive tree! God grant it for His dear Son’s sake! Amen and Amen.
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